He Who Is Not Against Us

Luke 9:49-50Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us”. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him , for he who is not against us is for us”.
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Mark 9:38-41John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is for us. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.
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When questioning or exposing false teaching, I have often been met with the above scripture. It has been advanced as a reason for christians to refrain from exposing false teachers and/or immorality.

Is this really proof that Jesus did not want his disciples to try to stop any other teachers who call themselves followers of Christ? Or who are using Christ’s name to do good deeds?

  • First, notice what is not said. The disciples did not say “We tried to stop him, because he is promoting false and dangerous teachings.”
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    There are many warnings about being on guard against false teachers and false prophets. –Mt 7:15; Mt 24:24; Acts 20:29-31; 2Pe 2:1; 1Jn 4:1.
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  • Not all who use Christ’s name are for Him:
    Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
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    Luke 11:23He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
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  • It’s clear Jesus saw the heart of the one in the above scriptures and he was not a false teacher.
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    Don’t Judge motives, do judge teaching and correct/expose the false.
    Phil 1:17-18;2Cor 11:12-15;1Tim 1:3;2Tim 4:2;Titus 1:9-13;Eph 5:11
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3 Responses to “He Who Is Not Against Us”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Twisted Scripture Refuted

  2. khollandsblog Says:

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    Luke 11:23 … He who is not with Me{Jesus} is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
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    Not all who use Christ’s name are “for” Him:
    Matthew 7:21-23 … “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
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    Luke 9:49-50 … Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us”. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him , for he who is not against us is for us”.
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    => Only Jesus can judge hearts/motives!

  3. khollandsblog Says:

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    “He who is not against us is for us”.
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    Bible also says:
    Luke 11:23 … He who is not with Me{Jesus} is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
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    Not all who use Christ’s name are “for” Him:
    Matthew 7:21-23 … “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
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    Luke 9:49-50 … Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us”. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him , for he who is not against us is for us”.
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    => Only Jesus can judge hearts/motives!

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